In this podcast, Tony examines the outbreak of the mysterious Tudor "Sweating Sickness" that lasted from 1485 - 1551.
Holbein's Portrait Miniature of Charles Brandon, 3rd Duke of Suffolk (1537-1551). He and his brother, Henry, both died from the sweating sickness
Tony gives a brief introduction to the first and second Afghan Wars. If you're interested in this period, you might also be interested in the novel we've reviewed recently that focuses on the Battle of Maiwand. It's called Forever the Colours, and you can read our reviews here, and an interview with the author, Richard Thomas, here.
Troops at Kandahar, 1880
This is the third in Tony's series of podcasts called "Mightier than the Sword", and it examines the events leading up to the signing of Charles I's death warrant.
The death warrant of King Charles I
This is the second in Freya's series of podcasts on weaponry, and here she talks about the development of the bow and arrow, and looks in detail at the English Longbow.
Freya has also written a review of Robert Hardy's book on the Longbow here.
Tony's podcast looks at the Texan-Mexican War, and of course the Alamo, February 23 – March 6, 1836.
The replica of the Alamo at Alamo Village located north of Brackettville, Texas, United States.
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In this second podcast on British Army recruitment, Tony looks at overseas postings and non-European troops.
The second in Tony's series of podcasts called "Mightier than the Sword" addresses the Seven Years' War of 1756-1763 and the Peace of Paris that led to British domination of North America.
This is the first in Freya's new series on weaponry, and this episode focuses on the axe, looking at its development from the first appearance of stone axes circa 2.6 million years ago to the medieval battle axe.
Replica Danish axe head, Petersen Type L or Type M, based on original from Tower of London. Forged by Bronze Lion.
In this section of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, a Saxon housecarl (left) is using a two-handed battle axe. Unfortunately, this means he cannot use his shield, which is slung across his back. Note that he is also using the axe left-handed, which means the blows would come on the undefended side of his opponent.
Informative podcasts from the W.R.A.P. Team